Watch out! Children crossing. Credit: Vinicius Depizzol / Flickr Creative Commons
Technology is everywhere. From the moment we wake up, to the moment we turn out the lights, we’re either looking at a glowing screen, or it’s within arm's reach. And that’s got to have effects.
So yes, there’s been a lot of talk about what tech is doing to us. But what’s it doing to our kids? This week on Innovation Hub: coming of age in a digital world.
First up, childhood is starting to look pretty different from what most adults remember.; and that kids’ brains are evolving in unexpected ways.
; at least, according to Kentaro Toyama. He thinks we should approach the digital revolution a little more cautiously, especially when it comes to classrooms.
The idea of childhood -- or a specific age when kids are protected from hardship and responsibilities -- is actually pretty new.
Looking to raise a baby Einstein?“Creativity,” he says, “and especially creative genius, is a reaction to challenge.” So deboard that helicopter and make your parenting style a little more hands-off.
But Ian Bremmer worries that schools are slow to catch up. So put down that textbook and put on a dashiki! It’s time to start learning cultures, not languages.